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“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” ―
Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Flashlight Day! It’s also National Crossword Puzzle Day…
On this day in history: 1913 – Arthur Wynne’s “word-cross”, the first crossword puzzle, is published in the New York World.
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Thor Industries buys Tiffin Motorhomes for $300 million.
Tip of the Day
Cables in a tangle? Try this!
By Nanci Dixon
The multitude of thin power and charging cords for phones, tablets and computers need to be accessible, of course, but they can easily end up in a tangle, especially if you only have a few outlets to choose from like we do in RVs. Command hooks can help tame that mess. See what Nanci does with the hooks here – it’s impressive (and so organized!).
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In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2021 Coachmen Freedom Express Ultra Lite 252RBS Travel Trailer. As he reports, “This brand-new floor plan is a well-thought-out design for couples. It certainly checks a lot of features on my own list. Not that I have new-RV fever or anything…” Learn more.
Tony’s reviews from this weekend you may have missed:
• ARI Legacy Sleepers
• 2021 Grand Design Reflection 150 Series 240RL Fifth Wheel
For previous RV reviews, click here.
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RV Electricity – This week’s J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session
Drop-in Lithium battery update
Just a quick update on last week’s JAM Session about the problems associated with dropping in a Lithium battery without checking if your battery charger (be it part of your converter or inverter) can provide the higher charging voltage needed, and higher charging current possible, by Lithium Iron Phosphate batteries. Continue reading.
Buying a new RV without a warranty? Be careful
Top-rated RV lemon law attorney Ron Burdge warns you to be careful if you’re thinking of buying an RV that doesn’t come with a factory warranty. (Case in point: Hymer North America and Roadtrek last year.) Very important information.
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• NATIONAL TRAFFIC AND ROAD CLOSURE INFORMATION.
• ROAD AND TRAFFIC CONDITIONS ACROSS THE NATION.
• WEATHER ALERTS FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE.
• CURRENT WILDFIRE REPORT.
• LATEST RV RECALLS.
• DIRECTORY OF RV PARKS WITH STORM SHELTERS.
Great use for a dashboard- or windshield-mounted camera
Longtime reader Wolfe Rose passes this idea along for those of us who are “travel photo nuts.” “Rather than dangerously parking a large rig roadside or, worse, taking photos or video while driving, consider mounting an HD camera on your windshield where it will automatically record up to a day’s worth of driving for safe review at your campsite. For around $40 you can get a unit with two lenses and/or a wired second camera which doubles as a rearview mirror ‘through’ an opaque rig or trailer. And, of course, these dash DVR cameras can serve their original purpose of recording any unfortunate accidents.” Thanks, Wolfe!
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Guys! Picture your special lady wearing these!
Face it guys, when it comes to sexy nighties, it would be hard to top these casual pajama bottoms! And, ladies — if your man seems little disinterested in cuddling these days, wait until he sees you enter the room wearing these! Wowwie! What a great gift these would make. Learn more or order.
Website of the day
Whether you’re planning a trip or just want to learn a little about the world, TripSavvy is a great, easy-to-navigate website about all the cool things to see and do when you travel. Enjoy!
Popular articles you may have missed at RVtravel.com
The very first car accident happened in Ohio City, Ohio, in 1891. Engineer James Lambert was driving a gasoline-powered buggy when he hit a tree root sticking out of the ground. He lost control of the vehicle, which swerved and crashed into a post. Both he and his passenger suffered minor injuries.
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So your RV smells like an outhouse! Lovely! With this, the stink will go away. And for about $20.
Readers’ Pet of the Day
“This is Moxie, a Schnauzer-Poodle mix. She looked at me as if to say, “If we can’t go camping, I’ve got to find something to do!” —Kelly Foster
Send us a photo of your pet with a short description. We publish one each weekday in RV Daily Tips and in our Saturday RV Travel newsletter.
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Video of the Day!
Loading our RV? Some tips. Be careful
Most RVs these days come with a lot of storage space. But as Walter Cannon of the RV Safety and Education Foundation explains, you must be careful how much you load to avoid a dangerous situation. “You have to remember, an RV is not only a house, but it is on wheels,” he says. In this short video he offers some do’s and don’ts about loading an RV. Watch the short video.
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